RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Southern Downs Regional Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 2,799 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Southern Downs Regional Council area. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Southern Downs Regional Council area regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Southern Downs Regional Council area's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Southern Downs Regional Council area2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,79917.33.12,07713.52.8+722
Mining550.32.6820.52.8-26
Manufacturing1,5189.46.91,78611.67.0-267
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1480.91.21521.01.3-4
Construction1,4749.19.71,0416.89.3+432
Wholesale Trade3462.13.13552.33.1-9
Retail Trade1,63410.19.51,76311.510.2-129
Accommodation and Food Services1,3148.17.21,1567.57.3+158
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9105.65.11,1337.45.2-223
Information Media and Telecommunications1110.71.41170.81.4-6
Financial and Insurance Services1591.02.61791.22.7-20
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1510.91.92231.42.0-72
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4702.97.14613.06.8+8
Administrative and Support Services2461.53.33042.03.5-58
Public Administration and Safety6954.36.87444.86.6-49
Education and Training1,2277.69.01,3879.09.1-160
Health Care and Social Assistance2,12113.113.81,63010.612.9+491
Arts and Recreation Services1130.71.71260.81.7-13
Other Services6664.14.06554.34.2+11
Total industries16,158100.0100.015,373100.0100.0+784

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,799 people or 17.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,121 people or 13.1%)
  • Retail Trade (1,634 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,554 people in total or 40.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 3.1% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Southern Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17.3% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2.9% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (4.3% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (9.4% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area increased by increased by 784 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+722 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+491 local workers)
  • Construction (+432 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+158 local workers)

RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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